Matthew Traxler

Assistant Professor


Dr. Traxler is a core faculty member for the Smiley's Family Medicine Residency. Through the residency, he is involved in outpatient, inpatient, and obstetrical care for patients. His medical interests revolve around maternal care, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. His academic focuses are on improving procedural and simulation teaching in medicine.

Research Summary

Dr. Traxler's prior research has focused on procedural and simulation teaching, including a grant to create simulation models incorporating 3D printing to improve fidelity and feasibility. His other projects have revolved around curriculum development in residency.

Teaching Summary

Dr. Traxler enjoys teaching in all the different environments that medical education offers. He works with residents in the clinic, inpatient, and obstetrics settings, providing education in full spectrum family medicine care. During large group lectures, he works to incorporate cases, questions, and small group activities to improve participation and retention.

Service Summary

Throughout his medical training, Dr. Traxler volunteered at community clinics such as the Guadalupe clinic in Wichita and the Free Medical Clinic in Iowa City.  As a new Minnesota resident, he is looking forward to finding opportunities to serve the community here in the Twin Cities.

Clinical Summary

Dr. Traxler tries to embody the 'cradle to grave' mentality that makes family medicine both unique and rewarding. Through clinic, he provides prenatal, pediatric, and adult medicine in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.


Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support
Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics/ ALSO
Advanced Trauma Life Support
Basic Life Support
Neonatal Resuscitation Program
Pediatric Advanced Life Support 


MD, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa

Licensures and Certifications

Controlled Substance Act, Iowa Board of Pharmacy
Iowa Medical License, Iowa Board of Medicine

Honors and Recognition

Best Leadership Project Award in Personal and Practice Leadership, Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leaders Institute

Professional Memberships

AAFP, AMA, Society of Teachers in Family Medicine



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Administrative Contact

Amanda Nourse